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Thousands of fireworks to brighten Carlisle's sky

Thousands of fireworks will light up this year's display Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's annual fireworks display is getting closer, and details of this year's event are emerging.

More than 2,000 fireworks will be launched into the sky above Bitts Park, and a replica of Carlisle Castle will be set alight on Saturday 1 November.

The show is expected to draw a crowd of thousands, making it one of the biggest dates on the city's calendar.

Civic Centre: Art or an eyesore?

It's one of Cumbria's most controversial buildings and now campaigners on both sides are fighting to decide its future.

Carlisle Civic Centre frequently appears on 'ugliest buildings' lists across the country and now it could pulled down.

But as with most pieces of art - not everyone thinks the building should be scrapped. And some care so much, they've launched a petition urging people to give it a bit of love.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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Council says redevelopment plans will "take years"

Carlisle Council says it wants to increase the amount of shopping available in the city.

It is currently consulting on where to put new shops. The city council has put forward proposals that involve knocking down the Civic Centre, a building which has divided opinions from the moment it was built in 1964. But the woman who is in charge of the plans, Jane Meek, says it is likely to be a number of years before any changes take place.

Jane Meek is the Director of Economic Development at Carlisle City Council:

Civic Centre 'should stay'

A campaigner who wants to keep the Civic Centre in Carlisle has pleaded for people to look again at the much criticised 1960s building.

Tina Leith is part of a group of people who think the building should be kept, despite plans to demolish it.

Mrs Leith says that those who think it's an "eyesore" should look again at its hidden treasures and iconic status. There's a website called "Save Carlisle Civic Centre from being knocked down" with a petition on it that people can sign.

The city council has put forward proposals to redevelop the area of Carlisle where the civic centre no stands. It is urging people to put their views forward on its vision of a new 200,000 square foot shopping development.

This archive footage was filmed by ITV Border shortly after it was built:

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200 fight to save Civic Centre

A petition has been signed to save Carlisle's Civic Centre. Credit: ITV Border

More than two hundred people have signed a petition to try to save Carlisle's Civic Centre.

The city council is considering whether to demolish the 1960's building to allow a potential shopping development. But opponents say it's a historic and architectural gem and should be saved.

Care pod helps 3-year-old Carlisle boy

One woman from Carlisle has battled for two years to get the special care she needed for her disabled son. Three-year-old Ryan Wilkinson suffers from cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease.

But now a specially built pod attached to his home will transform the quality of life for Ryan and his carers. Paul Crone reports.

'It will make a dramatic difference to our lives'

The family of a young boy from Carlisle has become the first in Cumbria to receive a purpose built living pod which has been attached to the fmaily home.

Ryan Wilkinson has a range of health problems including chronic lung disease and profound deafness. His mother says the new extension will transform his quality of life.

The mother, Debbie Wilkinson, explains how the new pod will help:

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